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Let's Grow!

What is Let's Grow?

A distinctively Christian training resource addressing nutrition and food security, designed to:

  • teach individuals, families and church and community leaders how to grow their own food, even when they have little or no land;
  • teach about locally available, nutritious, edible plants;
  • teach about how to create community gardens to feed the most vulnerable;
  • teach the basics of good nutrition.

Who is the resource for?

Let's Grow! is aimed at groups of 15-30 individuals, families and church and community leaders. It is also strongly encouraged to allow the participation of children and of people with disabilities. Ideally, those trained will go on to share their learning with others so that whole communities have access to it. The training is specifically aimed at communities in rural, resource-poor areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, but could be adapted to suit other contexts. Available in English and French.

The resource contains an introduction and 17 modules, as listed in the Facilitator's Guide. It is recommended that the introduction and first two modules are taught first, then other modules can be chosen to best fit local needs and the time of year.

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Session outlines

Let's Grow! - introductory module

The purpose of this session is to provide an introduction to the Let’s Grow! training sessions.

Let's Grow! - Module 1: Nutrition and Health

The aim of this session is to help community members to grow in their understanding of what malnutrition is, the signs of malnutrition and its impact, and why good nutrition is important.

Let's Grow! - Module 2: A Healthy, Balanced Diet

The aim of this session is to help community members to grow in their understanding of what is a healthy and balanced diet. This will enable them and their children to grow stronger and healthier.

Let's Grow! - Module 3: Plants Good to Eat

The aim of this session is to help community members to have a much broader understanding about locally available plants which are good to eat.

Let's Grow! - Module 4: Grow Your Own Vegetables

The aim of this session is to encourage community members to consider growing a broader range of vegetables to help improve the health of their children.

Let's Grow! - Module 5: Plant a Small Garden

The aim of this session is to teach participants how to create a door–size garden in their homesteads in which they can grow lots of vegetables, even in a small space.

Let's Grow! - Module 6: Create a Community Garden

The aim of this session is to teach participants how churches and community members can get involved in creating community gardens for and with vulnerable children and the elderly.

Let's Grow! - Module 7: All About Compost

The aim of this session is to teach community members how to make plant fertiliser (compost) using available resources, without damaging the environment.

Let's Grow! - Module 8: All About Mulch

The aim of this session is to help people understand the important conservation farming principle of using mulch.

Let's Grow! - Module 9: Looking After the Land

The aim of this session is to help people understand the importance of caring for the land, and to learn practical ways to do this.

Let's Grow! - Module 10: Conservation Farming

The aim of this session is to teach participants how to plant maize using some of the basic principles and methods of conservation farming.

Let's Grow! - Module 11: Controlling Pests

The aim of this session is to help participants to safely control the problem of pests affecting their plants.

Let's Grow! - Module 12: Importance of Planting Trees

The aim of this session is to help participants to realise how much we as humans depend on trees, and to promote the planting and care of trees.

Let's Grow! - Module 13: Growing Food in Containers

The aim of this session is to encourage people who do not have land to grow food in whatever space they have available,

Let's Grow! - Module 14: Healthy and Unhealthy Food

The aim of this session is to encourage people to eat healthy food with the resources that they have available.

Let's Grow! - Module 15: Drying and Storing Crops

The aim of this session is to encourage participants to share their experience and knowledge of drying and storing crops for future use.

Let's Grow! - Module 16: Raising Livestock

The aim of this session is to explore the possibility of keeping livestock as a group or individuals, to provide a source of food which is high in protein.

Let's Grow! - Module 17: Alternative Fuels and Cooking

The aim of this final session is to encourage participants to consider alternative ways of cooking that use less fuel and help to conserve the environment.

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